Fox News reports here that LSU sent out a photo of the Painted Posse, "Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games," in an email about a football game. LSU Photoshopped out the crosses on their chests in an effort not to offend students of different beliefs. When called on it, they responded:
"'We don't want to imply we are making any religious or political statements, so we air-brushed it out,' the school said in a statement. 'Only one of the students, who didn't appreciate it, actually contacted us about it. So next time, we'll just choose a different photo.'
"Going forward, the school plans to steer clear of photos with religious overtones when it sends out emails promoting athletics."
I'm glad they've learned from their error. The school doesn't want to look as if it's promoting Christianity, and I applaud that. But Photoshopping out the crosses wasn't respectful to the students. Simply avoiding this sort of photo entirely is the smart way to deal with it.
In any event, doing something like Photoshopping out religious symbols only encourages the Christian persecution complex. The Posse is now encouraging students to come to the next game and "wear a purple or black shirt and wear a large cross, a shirt with a cross on it or face paint a cross on your face. The media will be everywhere and my goal is to have a campus of crosses." Because, you know, no one in the media has ever seen a cross before...